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Tanzania accepts UN request to deploy peacekeepers to S. Sudan

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania - Tanzania is readying a battalion to be deployed to South Sudan on a peacekeeping mission following an agreement the authorities have reached with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister, Bernard Membe, said in Dar es Salaam on Thursday.

“Preparations are almost complete and between 800 and 1,000 troops will soon be moved to South Sudan,” Membe told journalists, emphasising the responsibility of African nations to restore peace in areas of violence and political unrest on the continent.

Currently, Tanzania has military and civilian peacekeeping contingents in DR Congo, Darfur and Lebanon.

”We have the capability to restore peace in restive areas and it is for this reason the UN Security Council has asked Tanzania to undertake a peacekeeping mission in South Sudan,” Membe said.

Pana 21/02/2014